Seven companies and their new, innovative products were honored with DAME awards at the beginning of METS in Amsterdam in mid-November.
Jefa Steering of Denmark won the overall DAME for its Steering Traveller, which “offers a genuine solution to chain/wiresteering,” according to judges.
“This product removes the need for bulky steering quadrants and improves rudder feedback at the helm for twin rudder, twin wheel sailing yachts,” the judges said in their comments about the honor. “Special attention has been paid to save installation space and weight as well as to eliminate backlash, which improves yacht handling.”
“Developing new, well designed and innovative products is very difficult for relatively low manufacturing volumes,” said Bill Dixon, chairman of the awards jury. “Nevertheless many of the companies that we recognized in this year’s nominations have looked at a problem, found a new and interesting way to solve it and come up with a confident solution. Simple, elegant design with cohesive integration is the future; this is the challenge that the DAME Awards will continue to address by highlighting the achievements of the best entries.”
This year’s category winners are:
Marine electronics and marine-related software: weBBoat 4G by Glomex SrL, Italy.
Interior equipment, furnishing, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins: SilKEN2 Induction Cooktop by Kenyon International inc, USA.
Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials: Seabung by Seabung, UK (a tool to maintain seacocks while afloat).
Deck equipment, sails and rigging: Steering Traveller by Jefa Steering, Denmark.
Clothing and crew accessories: No winner declared this year.
Lifesaving and safety equipment: MOB Search Light by Exposure Marine, UK.
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings: Pro-Installer EZ-Mount Battery Switches by Marinco by BEP, New Zealand.
The 24th annual Design Award METS competition attracted 116 products from 23 countries. A total of 45 products were shortlisted for final consideration.